• Preethi C.Vijay

Soya Chunks and Sweet corn Whole Wheat Pizza/Homemade Veg Pizza

I was skeptical about trying a whole wheat pizza crust at home, as i have hardly tasted one. But when i ran out of All purpose flour during this lock down period last night, and still crave for Pizza, I had no choice. So tried this whole wheat pizza from scratch. The highlight is i also ran out of the regular veggie which is topped on pizza. My tastes buds begged me for a chicken bite, but hey i cant buy chicken so easily these days. So here is my version of whole wheat pizza with soya chunks and sweet corn topping along with caramelized onions. Trust me when i say, this tasted delicious and i would bet you will no longer opt to buy pizza from outside.




Ingredients

For Pizza Dough

Wheat Flour 3 cups

Instant yeast 1.5 teaspoon

Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

Salt 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil or any neutral flavored oil 2 tablespoon

Water 1 cup


For Pizza Sauce

Tomatoes 4 or 5

Garlic cloves 6 to 7 finely chopped

Tomato sauce 1 tablespoon

Pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon (mixture of all dry herbs)

Pepper powder 1/4 teaspoon

Chilli powder or paprika 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar 1 teaspoon

Oil 2 tablespoon

Salt as needed


For Pizza topping

Soya chunks 1/2 cup uncooked

Corn flour 1 teaspoon

Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Sweet corn cooked 1/4 cup

Onion 1 cut into cubes

Oil 2 tablespoons

Mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup shredded

Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes 2 teaspoons

Salt as needed


How to start?


Lets start making the pizza dough. Take one cup of luke warm water, add sugar and mix it well. Let it dissolve. Once the sugar gets dissolved add yeast and set aside for 2 minutes. If using dry yeast, add 2 teaspoons of yeast and allow it to proof for 10 minutes.


Take wheat flour in a wide bowl, add salt. Mix well. Now add the yeast mixture to the flour and start kneading the dough for at least 8 minutes. Add water if needed. The dough should be soft and pliable, not very sticky. Apply oil over the dough, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for 2 hours until the dough gets risen double the amount.




Meanwhile lets prepare pizza sauce. Take the tomatoes in the blender and grind it. Heat a pan with oil, add the chopped garlic, once the garlic gets fried, add the ground tomato puree. Close it with a lid and let it get cooked for at least 10 minutes until the raw smell goes off. After 10 minutes open the lid, add tomato ketchup, sugar, salt, chilli powder, pepper powder and Italian seasoning. Let it get cooked until it reaches the sauce consistency. Set aside and let it cool.


And now for the pizza topping. Heat 3 cups of water in a wide vessel. Add the soya chunks and allow it to boil. Once the water starts boiling switch off the flame. Drain the water and wash the soya chunks in clean water 3 times. Squeeze the soya chunks completely, there should be no water content on it. Add corn flour, chilli powder and salt on it. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.


Now heat a kadai with oil, add the marinated soya chunks and fry it on medium high flame for 5 minutes. Let it get nicely roasted and turn slightly crisp. Set aside. In the same kadai, add some more oil and add onions. Let the onions get caramelized by changing into slight brown color. Switch off the flame and transfer the onions on to a plate.


Now after two hours, take the dough. The dough would have risen and doubled up. Make two large balls. You can make two medium sized pizzas from the dough




Dust the baking pan with some wheat flour or maida. Take one large ball from the prepared dough and knead it for a minute. Let it rest for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 230 degrees centigrade. Now after 15 minutes, flatten the dough into a disk. On a floured surface roll the dough ball with a rolling pin into a large round of 1/4 inch thickness. Roll the dough from the center towards the outer edges. Dust the surface if you find the dough is sticking. Now lift the pizza gently and place it in the prepared baking pan.


Brush some oil on the dough. Take 4 tablespoon of the pizza sauce and spread it evenly on the pizza base. Add 4 tablespoon of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top up with soya chunks, sweet corn and caramelized onions. Add some Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese over the topping.


Keep the baking tray on wired lower rack of your preheated oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 230 degrees centigrade till the cheese melts or until it turns golden, and a nice crisp crust is formed. Check for the crust and increase the time if you want a more crisp crust as the oven temperature varies for each oven.

Slice the pizza and serve hot topped with red chili flakes and Italian seasoning




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